Ellen Evert Hopman
Magical uses of Hypericum
Hypericum is an important herb for magic and healing. I will discuss how to smoke it over the Midsummer fire to make a magical talisman as they do in Brittany, other magical uses, and a few deities associated with this plant such as Baldur and Helios. Hecate, the goddess of ghosts and sorcery, collected St. Johnswort in the sunny fields of Greece while Circe, daughter of Helios and Medea, princess of Colchis, distilled its leaves and flowers for their potent charms.
Ellen Evert Hopman lives in Massachusetts. She is a registered Herbalist with the American Herbalists Guild (AHG) and the author of a number of books on Herbalism, Druidism and Celtic Spirituality. She has been a teacher of Herbalism since 1983 and a teacher of Druidism since 1990. Her newest offering is a children’s book; “Once Around the Sun: Stories, Crafts, and Recipes to Celebrate the Sacred Earth Year”. Purchase signed copies from the author and find her books and blog
Ellen's Comfrey Conference presentation was:
Comfrey Magic, Comfrey Medicine
First I will give a brief overview of herb magic and how to do it, plus a very brief explanation of my approach to making a comfrey salve. Then I will be discussing the magical properties of Symphytum, starting with an explanation of the qualities of a "Saturnian" herb. Next I will share some spells and rituals you can do with Comfrey and finally I will share a vision I was given on how to use Comfrey and a bit about the Goddesses associated with this herb.